I Heart M/M
Last Friday night at Cobblestone ‘s release chat, I won a copy of L. Shannon’s The Vampire Oracle: Love. Last night at release chat, I won a copy of V.L. McElfresh ‘s Reclaiming Love. As the title of this post might have clued you in on, both are m/m romances.
Let’s start with The Vampire Oracle:Love (ISBN:978-1-60088-289-0). Y’all already know how much of a fan I am of Shannon. Yet again, she doesn’t disappoint. Jason, one of the heroes of this story is addicted to the vampire’s kiss – The Blood Kiss. When his cruel mistress gives him to another vampire – Dillon – he assumes he’ll still be able to feed the addiction. Dillon, however is a reluctant vampire who only knows how to take a human’s blood without offering pleasure in return. Jason eventually leads Dillon down a path of self-discovery where love is waiting at the end.
Shannon captures the torment of these two anguished men vividly. The comfort Jason offers his new master puts a smile on your face that doesn’t leave for almost the entire story. Once again, if you’re in the mood for a fast-paced, action-packed read, this is for you. (Let me just take a moment to say that I hope this story is true L. Shannon style and ends up as a series. I loved, loved, loved the secondary characters introduced near the end.)
When I won Reclaiming Love (ISBN:978-1-60088-293-7) I mentioned to another author that the excerpt from chapter one was heartbreaking. It was. So is the rest of the book. By page 23 (I know the number because I looked), I was mesmerized by the story of Kevin and Connor though. Kevin is a BDSM switch who is being stalked and harassed by his former lover, Josh. When they were together, Josh abused him (in the name of their lifestyle and "love") in ways that no person should have to endure . By the time Connor meets Kevin, he is a shell of his former self. Connor sticks by his side though and helps Kevin regain a lot of what he’d lost of himself.
The love story between these two men is disarmingly sweet. My heart ached for Kevin and cheered on Connor’s persistence in taking their relationship slow despite the heat between the two. I loved the circle of family and friends who supported them. One can’t help but become angry at the abuse Kevin suffered and sigh passionately at Connor’s patience. V.L. McElfresh wove a tale that kept me riveted until the very last page. I can’t recommend this story enough.